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Cookies from Jane!

What a treat it was yesterday (January 6th 2021) to see a car drive down the driveway. An unusual occurrence in these days of Covid lockdown. Cars coming down here are usually people scoping out the neighbourhood who take a wrong turn, I assume at least, because they continue in a circle and disappear back up the lane, or they are Ann’s kids driving down to her house or … The point is they rarely stop, but this one did!! And what to my wondering eyes did appear?? Jane Dandy emerged and came to the door, smiling wide as ever (under her mask), what a surprise and what a pleasure to see another human I know up close (at a safe distance).

I was puzzled of course, but not for too long, Jane was delivering a cookie, and not just a cookie!! A Burlington Bookclub Cookie! Who thinks of these things?? Well, Jane, who else!! A delightful surprise, a gift of warmth and connection on a gloomy winter day, in a world raging and confused, where it seems hard to feel connected to anyone beyond the immediate boundaries of our isolated islands.

Thank you Jane!! This is more than a cookie, and it is so lovely I’d love to preserve it forever, but…

I’m going to eat it tonight with my friends at Jane’s Zoom bookclub gathering, so I’m posting this picture on our blog.

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Happy 60th Jane!


jane at 60!

May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday to Jane, Wonder Woman!  The bestest, smartest, funniest, bookiest, woman I know.  Loads of love (and admiration) Karen

My best wishes to a most amazing woman. May we all have many many more years to flip through more books all together.  p.s. ” You look marvellous, darling.” 🙂  All my love – Josée

Happy Birthday, Jane. Imagine 60! What a lot of life you have lived and so many lives you have touched. Your bright smile and infectious laugh are like sunshine even at the most challenging of times. A toast to you Jane. Happy 60th and many, many more. Much love…. Bev

Happy 60th Birthday Jane! Welcome to your next decade, you young looking 60 year old. Wishing you all the very best – Love Jill.

“Congratulations  Jane! Welcome to this lofty group of over achievers- the credentials are high but the company is great. Love and best wishes, Moira”

Wishing you all the best Jane!!! Happy birthday. Love Jeanne

Many congratulations to Jane on her upcoming 60th this month.  “Three score”  that makes you a “triple threat” … at east that’s how I like to think of it.  Of course reality hits when I do things like forget my keys, purse, or lose my phone (a regular pattern).  Ha ha… it’s great to have a sense of humour about these things… since there’s no stopping the march of time.  But seriously… you look great… and clearly are at your peak. Cheers! Erin


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Poem – Erin


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

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